Training courses

You will leave an AGS course with new knowledge, valuable insight and a fresh perspective. You will also receive comprehensive and up-to-date course manuals which can be used in the workplace as a handy reference tool.

AGS provides a comprehensive program of legal training courses for both lawyers and non-lawyers from Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies.

We offer some complimentary places in our training courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander government employees.

Our presenters are all AGS lawyers who are subject matter experts in the subjects they teach. AGS training sessions are full of interactive exercises, examples and challenging discussion, and draw on the valuable experience participants themselves bring along.

Our courses also attract CLE/CPD points.

AGS can deliver our standard course modules 'in-house' or we can tailor these and other presentations to suit your agency's needs. See Custom courses

The majority of our courses run in Canberra but we also offer some courses in Sydney and Melbourne throughout the year. See our Training calendar page for upcoming training dates.

Contact us

For further information about any of our courses, please contact Elizabeth Permalloo on (02) 6253 7464 or email us at trainingservices@ags.gov.au.

Courses (in alphabetical order)

*Please note: Information and registration for the Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program is now available on the AGLS website.

Subject Duration Cost
Administrative law 2 days $1,700
Advice writing half day $440
Affidavits – preparation, use and pitfalls half day $440
Archives Act – key exemptions half day $440
Code of conduct - applying sanctions 1 day $880
Constitutional issues in program design half day $440
Contract management 3 hours $380
Delegations and authorisations 3 hours $380
Evaluating tenders 2 hours $270
FOI exemptions 1 day $880
FOI exemptions and decision-making 4 hours $540
FOI – next steps 1 day $880
Grant programs: an overview of the legal and policy framework half day $440
How laws are made: an overview of the legislative process half day $440
How to run a code of conduct investigation 2 days $1,950
How to undertake a review of action 1 day $880
Introduction to civil litigation process half day $440
Introduction to contract law 2 hours $270
Introduction to FOI 1 day $880
Introduction to privacy 1 day $880
Key legal issues in grants 1.5 hours $220
Legislative instruments: what you need to know 2.5 hours $330
Managing a code of conduct investigation 1 day $880
Managing persistent complainants 1.5 hours $220
Managing Strategic privacy risks 2 hours $270
Masterclass – Privacy and employment half day $440
Officers' due diligence duties under the WHS Act 1 hour $160
Online legal resources 1.5 hours free
PGPA Act for officials of corporate Commonwealth entities 2.5 hours $330
PGPA Act for officials of non-corporate Commonwealth entities 2.5 hours $330
Practical Privacy 1 day $880
Principles of decision-making 1 day $880
Procedural fairness – cases and principles half day $440
Public Interest Disclosure Act for Investigators half day $440
Public Interest Disclosure Act for Investigators 1 day $880
Public Interest Disclosure Act – the role of authorised officers half day $440
Responding to subpoenas half day $440
Statement of reasons half day $440
Statutory interpretation half day $440
Tendering and procurement 3 hours $380
Tough conversations about poor performance 1.5 hours $220
Understanding legislation half day $440
What entity is that? A guide to public and private entities 1 hour $160